Once more unto the beach.
As the unofficial, last weekend of the summer approaches, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.
Lighten up with a taste of Italy. The 2011 Inama "Vin Soave" Soave Classico DOC ($15) is a little floral and very refreshing. Have it with salads, fried seafood, uncooked fish. The 2010 Inama "Vigneti di Foscarino" Soave Classico DOC ($24) has more body, floral notes, and is the right match for seafood.
For a soft, lower-alcohol sparkler, sip Stemmari Baci Vivaci ($10), a Sicilian wine that's as lighthearted as its name, which means "lively kisses." Refreshing as an aperitif.
Go red with the 2011 Azienda Agricola Poliziano Rosso di Montalcino DOC ($15), a fruity, immediately accessible choice that partners with grilled chicken, eggplant or chicken Parmigiana and grilled beef. The producer's 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG ($28) delivers a full-bodied, aromatic red that pairs with grilled chicken or beef, red-sauced pastas and pizza.